Birthright Israel Group Travels to Hebron

Apparently a group of Chabad Birthright Israel participants from Australia has recently visited Hebron, which according to official policy of the organization is not permitted; “Our tours do not travel to or through areas of the West Bank, Gaza or East Jerusalem, other than the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.”

This video was posted to YouTube last night and since taken down. While we hear Birthright intends to take some undefined action against the trip provider, the organization’s Israel office has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

update 1:13 pm IDT: Taglit-Birthright Israel has issued the following as their official statement:

On July 4th, a Taglit-Birthright Israel group from Australia, run by the Israel Experience, visited the Cave of the Patriarchs.

All Taglit-Birthright Israel itineraries are approved by the security authorities, and are updated constantly according to the situation. Our website is updated from time to time accordingly, as well.